TELLS STORY OF 14 YEAR OLD BOY WHO MEETS HIMSELF AS A YOUNG MAN OF 21. BOY IS RELUCTANT TO ATTEND A PARTY BECAUSE HE IS UNCERTAIN OF HIS MANNERS, BUT HIS OLDER SELF TEACHES HIM FUNDAMENTALS OF GOOD TABLE MANNERS.
Ken Smith sez: The best of the table manners films. "Chuck" has terrible table manners. But then he's visited by himself, several years older (and with even less acting ability), and Chuck-from-the-future teaches Chuck-of-the-present how to "park your fork" and countless other details of table etiquette. "People judge many things about you just by the way you eat!"
Chuck-of-the-present (Stuart Sklamm) went on to star in Piano Pals on Chicago TV. Chuck's dad (Bill Mott) was not a professional actor; he got the part because he was director Ted Peshak's neighbor.
11:20:37:00 - 11:21:47:00
MS young teenage boy running down living room stairs; he quickly walks over to the dining room table where his parents are sitting; he sits down, talking (china cabinet and flowered wallpaper in BG); father passes him a plate of food; boy enthusiastically talks as he takes a bite of food; mother passes him a bowl of mashed potatoes; he sloppily scoops them onto his plate; CU mother talking to boy (o.s.) disapprovingly; boy, sarcastically grinning, takes a dollop of potatoes and puts them on his plate; he passes dish along; CU father talking to boy (o.s.); MS family sitting at dinner table talking and eating; boy looks unhappy; boy takes a bite of food while talking; father yells; CU boys face, shocked
11:21:48:00 - 11:22:58:00
CU lighted lamp and book sitting on a living room table; boy's hand enters frame and picks up book; pan up and track out to MS boy leafing through book; his mother walks down stairs behind him buttoning her coat; father walks across floor in front of him; they all stand at front door talking; parents, dressed up, leave; boy sits down on sofa with book; he looks at an invitation placed inside of book; CU invitation for dinner party, including where's, when's and why's; MCU young man appears superimposed over the invitation, talking; CU boy rears back, surprised; MCU young man, superimposed over card, talking; card fades to wallpapered BG; young man, talking, walks by stairway to sofa where boy is sitting; boy and young man wearing identical clothing; they converse; CU boy talking; MS they sit on sofa together, talking; young man directs boys attention o.s.
11:22:59:00 - 11:33:37:00
MS dining room table with fruit basket centerpiece (china cabinet and flowered wallpaper in BG); fade in father, mother and son sitting at table, eating; family reaching over one another, fussing and eating sloppily; shot blurs; focus in to MS same family at table eating neatly and pleasantly, having a conversation; family fades out to MS table with centerpiece
11:23:37:00 - 11:23:58:00
MS young man and boy, identically dressed, sitting on living room sofa, talking (window and door in BG); CU boy talking; MS both converse; young man directs boys attention o.s.
11:23:58:00 - 11:24:38:00
MS dining room table (china cabinet and flowered wallpaper in BG); table turns into a small restaurant table (same dining room setting); waiter and couple enter frame; waiter seats young woman, young man seats himself; waiter gives them menus and awaits their order; fade out; fade in to CU young woman serving herself small portion of food from bowl that waiter is holding; track out as waiter walks to young man and he serves himself
11:24:39:00 - 11:25:08:00
MCU middle age man and young man sitting at dining room table eating lunch, talking (china cabinet and flowered wallpaper in BG); older man looks o.s., irritated; MCU same two men sitting in opposite seats (stairway and flowered wallpaper in BG); young man sloppily eating and talking; older man looks o.s.; MCU two men back in original seats, eating politely and talking
11:25:09:00 - 11:25:10:00
MS dining room table with fruit bowl centerpiece (china cabinet and flowered wallpaper in BG)
11:25:10:00 - 11:26:25:00
MS young man and boy, dressed identically, sitting on living room sofa, talking (window and door in BG, coffee table in FG); they walk over to dining room table; young man reaches toward the table; CU his hand over the table; he snaps his fingers and a table setting appears; MS both standing over place setting, looking at it and talking (stairway and flowered wallpaper in BG); CU 3 forks placed side-by-side; MS both standing beside place setting, talking; MCU young man talking; CU his hand picking up forks one at a time; both conversing; boy moves knife from one plate to another, confused; CU you man talking; MS both conversing; boy pretends to flip the pages of a book as he mischievously looks around; young man laughs
11:26:25:00 - 11:28:25:00
CU complete place setting at dinner table; man's hand enters frame, snaps fingers and food appears on the plates; MS young man and boy, identically dressed, standing beside the table (stairway and flowered wallpaper in BG); young man looks excited, boy looks surprised; they talk as young man sits down in front of food; he places a napkin in his lap as they discuss the food in front of him; MCU young man sitting at table, talking to boy (o.s.); he picks up a piece of bread as he talks; MCU young man and boy talking; young man points to food on plate as boy licks his lips expectantly; CU man's hand holding fork, pointing to each food item individually (pork chop, potatoes, beans and salad); he cuts potato and spears a bite of food; MCU man lifts food toward his mouth; he begins talking to boy (o.s.), lowering food away from his mouth and laying fork on plate; picks up fork again; CU plate setting as he lays fork down on plate; MCU young man gets up and boy sits down; young man stands beside table as boy grabs fork in his fist and begins to cut meat; CU boy's hands holding fork in fist, cutting meat; young man's hands enter frame and places fork correctly in boys hand; boy cuts meat; MCU both talking, boy takes bite of meat and sets fork and knife on plate; CU young man's hand enters frame and arranges fork and knife side-by-side on plate; hand reenters frame and snaps fingers; food disappears as bowl of soup appears
11:28:25:00 - 11:29:26:00
CU boy sitting at dining room table talking o.s. (sofa and coffee table in BG); he takes a spoonful of the soup sitting in front of him; takes a bite; looks o.s., smiling; MCU young man standing beside boy at table (stairway and flowered wallpaper in BG); young man and boy identically dressed; young man offers boy bowl of food; boy turns away, disgusted; he turns back around and politely rejects the food; they converse; boy gets up from table and they walk toward living room, talking (stairway and bookcase in BG); young man points o.s.; CU table setting with left over food; male hand enters frame and snaps fingers; plates disappear and clean table with fruit basket and tapestry centerpiece appears; MCU young man and boy talking; track in boy looking away; he quickly turns back with shocked look on his face
11:29:27:00 - 11:30:30:00
MS 2 boys in suits standing against wall by door frame, talking; 2 girls setting dining room table in BG; CU one boy looking around, fixing his tie; MS girl walks out door and invites everyone to come into dining room; several boys and girls walk in, find their seats and stand behind their chairs; MS boys walk behind girl's chairs and seat them; boys seat themselves; all talking and eating; CU boy; track out to MS boys and girls sitting at dinner table, talking and eating
11:30:31:00 - 11:30:36:00
"The End" 'Coronet Instructional Films'
MANNERS DINING PARTIES BOYS TEENAGERS SOCIAL GUIDANCE ETIQUETTE BEHAVIOR CONTROL HUMOR DOUBLING FANTASY AGING SURREALISM DINING ROOMS TABLES FORKS UTENSILS SPOONS PLATES FOOD EATING ALTER EGOS
Danger Lurks Safety